The mission of the Reproductive Sciences division is to engage in research that leads to important discoveries relating to women's health, fertility, and pregnancy. We are also dedicated to the training and development of research scientists and clinicians who will become the future leaders in Ob/Gyn and reproductive research. Building on recent studies of reproduction and embryonic development, our philosophy has been to use molecular, cellular, and computational methodologies to identify key pathways in embryonic development, reproduction, and gynecological malignancies.
We seek to discover new mechanisms regulating reproduction and relate those discoveries to pathological situations important to women’s health, fertility, and successful pregnancy. Our research includes the study of angiogenesis, the construction of blood and lymphatic vessels. We have identified pathways critical for angiogenesis, fibrosis, inflammation, and tumor growth, helping to advance our knowledge of fertility, pregnancy, delivery, and vascular disorders. Based upon this knowledge, we have developed therapeutic agents that interfere with tumor angiogenesis and thus thwart tumor growth. Our scholarly activities include training and education of basic scientists, physician scientists, fellows, and students in reproductive and cancer biology.